Cory focuses his practice on government investigations, including securities enforcement and litigation, and he advises clients before and through private and public civil and criminal investigations. He applies his training in financial economics and financial accounting and deep understanding of the federal securities laws in serving his clients.
For over 20 years, as a former Senior Counsel at the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Cory investigated and settled or litigated a variety of high-profile, fraud-related matters. His experience involved financial accounting and reporting fraud, including revenue recognition, expense recognition, asset valuation, loss recognition, improper capitalization, and misappropriation matters. He is responsible for SEC actions involving “firsts” and has a deep understanding of the legal complexities involving securities registration and reporting disclosures. His knowledge of the law, exposure to highly varied factual situations, and first-hand experience at the SEC enable him to design and implement defense strategies that challenge unspoken assumptions.
Cory represents public companies and professional services firms in litigation involving the SEC, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and other federal and state regulators and criminal authorities. He has represented officers, managers, and board members of publicly traded and privately held corporations in the areas of financial services and products, asset management, real estate investment trusts, and other industries. Cory also represents digital-token producers and related parties in matters involving the SEC or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Cory is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has taught accounting courses at the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, including Intermediate Accounting I and II, Money and the Financial System, and Fraud Examination. Prior to joining the SEC, he engaged in appellate practice and has argued numerous appeals, in both state and federal courts.
Admitted in Virginia and New York; not yet admitted in the District of Columbia and practicing under the supervision of a member of the DC Bar.